PICHET KLUNCHUN Bangkok
A demon is a friend on the journey to one’s self
A traditional Thai-dance, the centuries-old Khon drama. Dancer and choreographer Pichet Klunchun from Bangkok tells us about his path to this performance. After studying Khon dance in Thailand, he spent time learning about the language of form used in contemporary dance. This unique performer has focused on and mastered this centuries-old dance culture. Today, he presents it to audiences in an unorthodox and exciting way. His performance mixes both Khon and modern dance.
Khon involves four characters: phra (man), nang (woman), yak (demon) and ling (monkey). Pichet Klunchun has studied these four roles intensively.
He has earned prestige in his home country for his work in cultivating types of traditional dance in modern forms. In 2003, he founded the “Lifework Company“, in which young dancers can be trained according to the ancient, strict rules of traditional dance.
Two people are especially important to his productions. Composer Sinnapa Sarasas wrote the music for the piece, and visual artist Anuthep Pojprasart.
“I am a demon“ premièred in Bangkok in 2005. It toured throughout Europe the following year, including a stop at the PACT Zollverein / Choreographisches Zentrum NRW.